Be still and know that I am God. – Psalm 46:10
Doesn’t get much simpler than that. Well, maybe not. I don’t know about you, but it’s not easy to just.sit.still. And listen. No long prayer list, no great words of intercession. Just quiet.
The art of listening. We don’t do that so much anymore. It’s all go, go, go, do, do, do, all day long. I know I struggle to not feel guilty for taking a “veg” day….
Be. Not do. Not go. Not achieve or accomplish or strive. Not even think. Really, there’s no effort involved. He made us, we are, we’re here. If there’s any effort, it’s in not doing.
Still. Again with the not moving about. Guiltless vegging. Relaxing. Tuning out to tune in. There’s so much fluster and bluster in our lives, we don’t hear that “still small voice.” And He does tell us He speaks to us in a still, small voice. Again, sometimes it’s a great effort to be still. I know when I kick back to read or watch a movie, or nap, of course I think of a dozen things I “need” to do. Sometimes I skip the nap to do them. Sometimes I skip the to-do list to nap.
And. I pondered on this word in the verse. And. It’s not accidental, of course, and it’s not insignificant. As I pondered, Papa showed me the importance, though, of this little word. He could have just said, “Be still.” He could have said, simply, “Know that I am God.” But there’s significance to the two joined together, joined by the little word “and.” I think that in order to know, He intends for us to be still. I think He means that we have to cease our going and doing and striving. Cease, even, our thinking so that we can know. Be still and…
Know. Merriam-Webster.com says, know – verb 1. To have (information of some kind) in your mind; 2. To understand (something); 3. To have a clear and complete idea of (something); 4. To have learned (something, as a skill or a language)
To have a clear and complete idea of Someone. How can we possibly – lest we Be still? How can we possibly know God at all? And yet, this is what He desires with all His Holy heart. To know and be known.
That. Again to Merriam-Webster.com. That – conjunction 1. Used to introduce a clause that is the subject or object of a verb; 2 Used to introduce a clause that completes or explains the meaning of a previous noun or adjective or of the pronoun it; 3. Used to introduce a clause that states a reason or purpose.
Used to introduce a clause that states a reason or purpose.
Be still and know that: the reason or purpose.
I am. Who is He? What is the point of this verse? When Moses asked, upon the mountain, before the burning bush, “Whom shall I say sent me?” [In hope of finding a way out of going back to Egypt, in hope of finagling his way out of God’s assignment.] What did God say? How did He answer Moses? What Name did He give him? He told Moses to say, “I am that I am has sent you.” I am. Not even a name, but a defining quality. Not I was, or I shall be. I am. Here and now. This moment. This moment as I write, this moment as you read. This moment as Moses received it. He is outside of time, He is outside of our finite lives. He is. Unchanging. Can we really grasp that? In our ever changing, fluxing world? The One single, unchangeable constant, the great I AM. That’s Who He is. That’s the reason and purpose of this verse. I AM.
God. Indefinable. Infinite. Omniscient. Omnipotent. Ever present. We, in our definable, finite lives want to understand our world and everything in it. And we can. But He is not in our world – we are in His. He is greater than the world we can know and see and define. He is more vast than all the accumulated knowledge across the ages. We cannot, with all our combined knowledge and understanding, grasp the beginning of Him. Of who He is.
And yet. And yet, He says to, Be still. Be still and know. He meets us in that still place. He meets us in the stillness. And in that stillness, the vastness, the infiniteness of His majesty and power, of all that He is, of Who He is, converges in the hushedness upon our spirit. We cannot meet Him where He is, or as He is. So He meets us where we are and as we are.
Because He so longs for and desires to be with us. He makes it so simple. And we make it so hard. But it’s not. We need only to Be still. And. Know.
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